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Ex-president Sarkozy fights back in the face of charges in French corruption probe

Members of the media stand in front of the entrance to the anti-corruption office of the French police, Tuesday, July 1, 2014 in Nanterre, near Paris. Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been detained and was reportedly being questioned by financial investigators Tuesday in a corruption probe that is rattling France's conservative political establishment. A judicial official said Sarkozy was in custody in the Paris suburb of Nanterre. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon)

PARIS – Former President Nicolas Sarkozy has accused the French justice system of trying to “destroy” him, after he was charged in a corruption probe.

The former conservative party leader was questioned over a highly publicized judicial investigation linked to allegations he took 50 million euros ($67 million) in illegal campaign funds from Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi years ago.

Sarkozy told TF1 TV and Europe-1 radio in an interview aired Wednesday he was detained a day earlier at Paris police headquarters out of “a desire to humiliate me.”

He denied the claims and said “a part of the justice system is being used for political purposes.”

It comes as the 59-year-old’s political comeback has been floated by his faltering UMP party.